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The 28 Lawmakers Who Lobbied the FCC To Drop Net Neutrality

The 28 House members who lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to drop net neutrality this week have received more than twice the amount in campaign contributions from the broadband sector than the average for all House members.

These lawmakers, including the top House leadership, warned the FCC that regulating broadband like a public utility "harms" providers, would be "fatal to the Internet," and could "limit economic freedom."​

According to research provided Friday by Maplight, the 28 House members received, on average, $26,832 from the "cable & satellite TV production & distribution" sector over a two-year period ending in December. According to the data, that's 2.3 times more than the House average of $11,651.

What's more, one of the lawmakers who told the FCC that he had "grave concern" (PDF) about the proposed regulation took more money from that sector than any other member of the House. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) was the top sector recipient, netting more than $109,000 over the two-year period, the Maplight data shows.

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‘Truther’ Who Stole Sandy Hook Memorial Items Has Finally Been Arrested

His anonymous telephone voice claimed that the Sandy Hook Massacre was a hoax. This cruel taunt, made to two families of its littlest victims, seven-year-olds Grace McDonnell and Chase Kowalski, came from Andrew David Truelove, 28, Virginia. He was arrested this morning in Herndon, Va. with help help of Stonington Police.

The calls came after Truelove stole the sign honoring Grace from the memorial park in Mystic, Conn. and the sign honoring Chase from this memorial park in Mantoloking, N.J.

Truelove turned himself in on an unrelated incident on May 26th for a probation violation. While in jail he has been charged for his recent actions, possession of stolen property, with more serious charges to follow. He is held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Charges in Connecticut and New Jersey are pending said the Virginia police.


Chomsky:The White House seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties"

In the past several months, we have been provided with instructive lessons on the nature of state power and the forces that drive state policy. And on a closely related matter: the subtle, differentiated concept of transparency.

The source of the instruction, of course, is the trove of documents about the National Security Agency surveillance system released by the courageous fighter for freedom Edward J. Snowden, expertly summarized and analyzed by his collaborator Glenn Greenwald in his new book, "No Place to Hide."

The documents unveil a remarkable project to expose to state scrutiny vital information about every person who falls within the grasp of the colossus - in principle, every person linked to the modern electronic society.

Nothing so ambitious was imagined by the dystopian prophets of grim totalitarian worlds ahead.

It is of no slight import that the project is being executed in one of the freest countries in the world, and in radical violation of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from "unreasonable searches and seizures," and guarantees the privacy of their "persons, houses, papers and effects."


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